If you take interplanetary travel into consideration, then anything on
has cheapest access to earth orbit. You also want an east coast where
use the ocean as a saftey buffer. Brazil, Singapore.
Only if you add two extra stages to the launch rocket, plus lots of extra
shielding to counteract the small particles of disintegrated satellites
moving in orbit the opposite direction. All that stuff reduces payload to
the vanishing point.
On Tue, 26 Feb 2008 22:15:30 -0000, "Mike Dworetsky"
Shavit-1 only has three stages; are you saying that if it launched to
the east it would have been a single-stage-to-orbit vehicle? Man, the
Israelis are even better at this than I thought...
And AFIK, none of the Ofeq satellites have yet been destroyed by orbital
debris. For reasons which are left as an exercise for the student.
*John Schilling * "Anything worth doing, *
*Member:AIAA,NRA,ACLU,SAS,LP * is worth doing for money" *
Ooh, I know this one:
"Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly
big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the
chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space."
On Feb 27, 9:34 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org (Derek Lyons) wrote:
I don't know about that. A nearly 2000 mph swing in the speed you
start with can have a fair effect on how much fuel you need to get to
orbital speed, & hence the payload you can launch with a given
vehicle. I think it's a valid consideration & still favors launching
Eastward over water. I'd reserve "essentially meaningless" for
something on the order of whether you'd need a Suburban vs. Expedition
to tow a trailer.
On Feb 24, 1:31 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Hawaii ... inside one of its active volcanoes. I'd tell the
politicians that the assembly hall is right underneath the molten lava
and they'll need to dive in to get into it. I'd even offer to help
toss them in.
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